Collaborating for impact 2019 conference

The fifth TSRF conference took place on Wednesday 9th October at COSLA Conference Centre, Edinburgh.

Over 80 people attended the conference which aimed to support cross-sector networking and knowledge exchange by:

  • exploring the impact of research collaboration between the third sector and universities
  • providing an opportunity for third sector, academic and other interested parties (such as public sector and funders) to engage together in learning  about collaborative research and its impact 


Conference included a cross-sector panel discussion on impact and third sector evidence, a range of workshops, lightning talks, stands and posters.

Conference report

See what participants said about their experience of the conference in the conference report here.


The conference was introduced by a panel comprising of a peer researcher, funder, academic, Scottish Government and third sector representative talking about what research impact means from their perspective.

Thanks to our speakers: Kerrie Friel, Cassy Rutherford, Jane Cullingworth, Harriet Waugh, Lucy Mulvagh.

During the plenary session the panel gave their impressions of the conference:

Presentations from workshops and lightning talks

Poverty, Attainment and Wellbeing: Making a difference to the Lives of Children and Young People – Reflecting on a Seminar Series – Dr Joan Mowat, Dr Gale Macleod, Amy Woodhouse, and Patricia Lyon 

Talent is equally distributed, opportunity is not …  and film – Dr Paula forbes, Eona Craig, and Nicole Sim 

The Absent Voice: Domestic Abuse victims and contact cases – Linda Rodgers and Richard W. Whitecross

Collaborating to lead the way for mental health inclusion – See Me Workplace Equality Project (WEP) – Let’s chat tool

HIV Scotland – Writer in residence exploring living with the stigma of HIV – Angela Spoto and Nathan Sparling

Thinking about equality, diversity and inclusion – Dr Kevin Guyan

Co-creating value: a participative approach to public service production – Kirsty Strokosh

Read the write up of the Participatory Research session here

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